Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of New Jersey
General George Armstrong Custer, Camp #17
Serving the Central New Jersey area
When you join the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, you enter a network of more than 6,000 men who form lifelong bonds, honor their heroic ancestors, and promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism in their communities. There are hereditary members, who trace their lineage to those who served honorably in the Civil War, and associate members, who do not have the requisite ancestry but wish to join the fraternity. Each is described in greater detail below. Young men (13 and under) are also welcome to join the SUVCW as either junior members or junior associate members and often do so with their fathers or other family members.
Men and juniors interested in joining the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War should make every effort to connect with their local or nearest Camp or Department, as this will greatly accelerate the application process. Please visit our Departments page to find the one that is closest to you. The Brothers of the Order stand by to assist you and make your application process as easy as possible.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War has four forms of membership within the organization. All four are permitted within the Department of New Jersey and by all camps in the Department.
4) Junior Associate
Hereditary Membership (Member & Junior)
Hereditary membership is available to a male descendant, 14 years of age (6 to 13 for Juniors), who meets the following requirements:
The Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR) is the ceremonial uniformed military element of the SUVCW. The SVR consists of a General Staff and several military districts across the nation. The SVR is overseen by the National Military Affairs Committee of the SUVCW. SVR elements participate in ceremonies, parades, living history programs, and re-enactments. All Members and Associates are welcome to join the SVR; however, SVR membership is contingent upon maintaining SUVCW membership.
Associate membership is available to men who do not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership. Associate membership is available to any man who demonstrates a genuine interest in the Civil War and can subscribe to the purpose and objects of the SUVCW.
Although an Associate is not required to meet the lineage requirement of a Member, he is still subject to the second and third provisions of hereditary eligibility. An Associate may vote and hold any office except those of Commander-in-Chief, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief, National Secretary, National Treasurer and Commanding Officer of the Sons of Veterans Reserve. Associates may not exceed one-third of the total membership of the Camp at the time of election.